November 25th 2006


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COVER STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE: An appeal to reason: the economics and politics of climate change

EDITORIAL: Water infrastructure needed, not gimmicks

AUSTRALIA'S DROUGHT: COAG's free trade in water threatens farmers

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard's loyalty to U.S. faces severe test

UNITED STATES: U.S. voter backlash against Bush's Iraq war

IRAQ WAR: Bush runs out of options

THE ECONOMY: Wishful thinking about agriculture, manufacturing

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Taped calls incriminate ex-premier, minister

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Sinister side to lunatic fringe / The gentle art of blackening reputations / Faces of vulnerability / The old refrain?

HUMAN CLONING: Patterson's curse - the Frankenbunny

Lies, cowardice and cloning (letter)

Bouquet and brickbat for News Weekly (letter)

Optional preferential voting rejected (letter)

Greenhouse superstitions (letter)

Using children as spies (letter)

BOOKS: INSIDE THE ASYLUM: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse Than You Think, by Jed Babbin

BOOKS: THE BATTLE FOR SPAIN: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, by Antony Beevor

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Greenhouse superstitions (letter)


by Ian W. Adie

News Weekly, November 25, 2006

Sir,

Real science (e.g., geology) tells us that tides and temperatures rose and fell for millennia, before Mother Earth bore herds of four-legged (good) creatures farting greenhouse gases, or two-legged (wicked) ones playing with fire.

There are other good arguments for sacrificing or punishing unreasonable burning of the fuels on which human life depends. But it smacks of superstition rather than science to preach that human action or inaction can do much to halt, or accelerate, the millennial minuet of tide and time - that is, to push around or placate "God or Nature", as the philosopher Spinoza put it.

We might as well follow our ancestors and sacrifice nubile virgins, if any can be found. But, in the past, that didn't work either.

Ian W. Adie,
Mt. Eliza, Vic.




























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